TurnStyle Music Group Presents
Dream Circle Album Release Party
Beca, Stephanie Morillo, Sara Nelms
9 Avenue A
New York, NY, 10009
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
The music of Brooklyn's Dream Circle is an eclectic, genre-bending journey into soul, house, hip-hop, dub and African music. The duo's debut album LOST ART was released on Unemployable Music, their indie label. The collection features space-hopper Johnny Voltik dropping his blend of soul on “School of Life,” while African-born emcee Oa delivers a killer verse in Yoruba on “Sea of Tranquility.” On “You Remind Me,” Dominican poet and songstress Stephanie Morillo’s vocals glide over tabla drums and take the listener to an even higher dimension.
Dream Circle was formed in 2011 and consists of band members Katy Walker (lead vocals, keys, production) and Joel Mejia (drums, production). The duo are engaged and currently reside in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Walker, who is originally from Austin,TX, met Mejia, the second generation Dominican and Bronx, NY native, while producing a music video and playing for another band (formerly known as My M.O.). Their chemistry was inevitable, and the two were compelled to collaborate together after the band parted ways.
“I am extremely grateful to have received these messages of universal love and consciousness,” says Mejia about their first collection LOST ART. “It may sound esoteric, but music is magical. It doesn't come from a place that we typically have access to unless we open ourselves up. We did just that and received this music. We wanted it to uplift people and have a vibratory effect on them. It’s not casual listening, but active listening,” he adds.
Landing in London recently with a brand new project under the Beca pseudonym reveals a fresh, darker, moodier sound that fits Beca like a glove. Musically gifted from a young age, Beca is a graduate of the Juilliard composition school and has traveled all over the American continent sharing her talent, writing and composing for a vast array of different artists whilst developing her own path and voice.
Last year, Beca released two stunning EP's on UK label This Is Music Ltd. (Charli XCX, Little Boots). Her debut “Let’s Run Wild” covers a whole range of sounds and emotions, and reaches out from the depths of the subconscious to grab you by the scruff of the neck and demand repeated listening. Ashley Beedle’s remix of “Let’s Run Wild” takes the original’s smooth sound, and cranks things up a gear, creating a sonically powerful track that promises peak-time dancefloor action and a rattling of soundsystems worldwide. On the B-side, Klic (better known under his alternative alias ‘Medlar’) creates a big and bassy house/garage hybrid using cut up vocals. “Fall Into Light” shifts the mood back to the dark atmospherics that hold this project together, and describes a powerful tale of desire and forbidden romance, while an electric ride of stripped-back beats takes you on an effortless journey through the music.
Her second release "Born To Fly" showcases Beca’s soulful, minimal RnB side EP and features two new tracks and intricate re-workings from newcomer Madeaux and "Born To Fly" producer Midnight Magic’s Morgan Wiley. The “Born To Fly” (Madeaux remix) morphs the title track into an infectious rhythm-heavy banger with swirling synth lines and reverberating vocals. Beca’s self-produced cover of Cristina’s “Rage & Fascination” with additional production from drummer and collaborator Xack Xweig sets a sensual tone. The “Rage & Fascination” (Snorlax remix) is a twisted Witch House instrumental take on the track.
Both EP's are available for purchase on iTunes and Beca’s website.
Imagine a female Serge Gainsbourg produced by the RZA.
"Beca is a young New York artist who started out studying composition at Juilliard but who has since turned her talents toward making wispy, ethereal electro-pop." -Stereogum
"Trance-like pop" -Lucky Magazine
"A bit of sexy as fuck" -The Joy of Violent Movement
"If you're looking for a show full of energy and tingling beats this is it." -Critical Mob
Stephanie Morillo’s journey in music began as a child growing up in New York City listening to her father’s records. At age 14, Stephanie enrolled in the vocal music program at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, which boasts a roster of famous alum including Al Pacino, Jennifer Aniston, Adrian Brody, Nicki Minaj and Azealia Banks. In 2011, Stephanie released her first single with electro funk band Belle Boussole entitled “Midnight Aria”. In February 2012 she released her debut EP Love Language, and has already worked with artists such as Mandala and DANGERDISKO. Stephanie is currently working on her debut, full-length album, which will be released in 2013.
“Music making, like any form of growth, is a slow and arduous process,” says Dominican-American vocalist Stephanie Morillo (pronounced moh-REE-yoh). “It’s an art that I’ve invested twenty years of my life to learning more about. And yet I’ve only just reached a point where I’m able to assess that, based on where I’ve been and where I want to be, the possibilities are endless.”
Coming from the land of sunshine, Sara was fortunate to grow up in a family who was uncommonly nurturing to her artistic leanings. Her family was, and still is, very close and very musical. Growing up in Florida and always mesmerized by vocalists like Barbra Streisand, Martina McBride, Dolly Parton, Alanis Morissette, The Cranberries, Dixie Chicks and countless others, Sara first became involved in musical theater and jazz music. She went on to study classical voice at Florida State University before changing directions and moving to Nashville.
Sara’s sound combines the control and melodic power of her classical training, melancholy of lost loves, the southern stylings from a lifetime love affair with country music, and the grit and truth found in her current home in New York City. All of this, still leaving you with a hope of a positive outcome in things to come. Her new album, Lover, No Longer captures this spirit completely, through woven tales of love, loss, heartache, and hope.
When she is not writing and working on music, Sara is usually exploring , travelling, spending time with family, doing yoga, hiking whenever possible, and enjoying chocolate, coffee, wines, and health foods.
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